Report: Jerry Jones will conduct two minority interviews
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is lining up minority interviews for the head-coaching vacancy that most believe has a strong possibility of going to interim coach Jason Garrett.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Jones plans to interview the team’s current wide receivers coach Ray Sherman, who is African-American. Another minority candidate is also in the works for an interview, per the report.
“I'll do both [interviews]. Not that it's the rule, but I will do both," Jones said. "It's just too logical for me, if we've got qualified people on our staff, to interview them. And it's too illogical to say that you'll leave it at that. There's qualified people out here that you would want to interview."
It won’t be the protracted process it was last time when Jones had to replace Bill Parcells in 2007 and he interviewed 10 candidates for the job, ultimately selecting Wade Phillips over Norv Turner. Jones can’t just hand the gig over the Garrett because of the NFL’s rules in place. The Cowboys are 4-3 with him at the helm, and if Garrett takes over, Jones will certainly be in position to continue to exert the kind of control over the operation that he enjoys.
If Jones was to seek one of the big name possibilities on the market, Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden come to mind, he’d likely have to take a back seat in football operations as he did during Parcells’ reign.
“I want us to have as good and as positive a situation as we have as we make the decision relative to the head coach here after the season is over," Jones said. "I've been thinking about doing any and everything we can for it to be positive, and it is positive for Jason to come in and for the team to play well."
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